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RHSA-2004-583: nfs Vulnerability Scan

Vulnerability Scan Summary
Check for the version of the nfs packages

Detailed Explanation for this Vulnerability Test

An updated nfs-utils package that fixes various security issues is now

The nfs-utils package provides a daemon for the kernel NFS server and
related tools, providing a much higher level of performance than the
traditional Linux NFS server used by most users.

This package also contains the showmount program. Showmount queries
the mount daemon on a remote host for information about the NFS
(Network File System) server on the remote host.

SGI reported that the statd daemon did not properly handle the SIGPIPE
signal. A misconfigured or malicious peer could cause statd to crash,
leading to a denial of service. The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures
project ( has assigned the name CVE-2004-1014 to this issue.

Arjan van de Ven discovered a buffer overflow in rquotad. On 64-bit
architectures, an improper integer conversion can lead to a buffer
overflow. A possible hacker with access to an NFS share could send a specially
crafted request which could lead to the execution of arbitrary code. The
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures project ( has assigned
the name CVE-2004-0946 to this issue.

Additionally, this updated package addresses the following issues:

- The UID of the nfsnobody account has been fixed for 32-bit and 64-bit
machines. Because the st_uid field of the stat structure is an unsigned
integer, an actual value of -2 cannot be used when creating the account, so
the decimal value of -2 is used. On a 32-bit machine, the decimal value of
-2 is 65534 but on a 64-bit machine it is 4294967294. This errata enables
the nfs-utils post-install script to detect the target architecture, so an
appropriate decimal value is used.

All users of nfs-utils should upgrade to this updated package, which
resolves these issues.

Solution :
Threat Level: High

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